Thomas Tuchel is risking losing the Chelsea dressing room one month into his reign as head coach after double-substituting Callum Hudson-Odoi last weekend.
That’s according to former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy, who says Tuchel was trying to be “too much of a tyrant” by hooking the 20-year-old off away at Southampton on Saturday.
Hudson-Odoi was brought on as a substitute at half-time in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at St Mary’s, but almost 30 minutes after entering the fray he was taken back off again.
Tuchel ripped into the Blues academy graduate in his post-match interview, criticising his “attitude and energy” on the day.
Thomas Tuchel is risking losing the Chelsea dressing room after double-substituting Callum Hudson-Odoi last weekend, says Danny Murphy
The German has since revealed he held clear-the-air talks with Hudson-Odoi this week following his double-substitution, which allowed them to resolve their differences.
But Murphy believes he is playing a dangerous game by publicly shaming one of his key men so early into the job.
“From a player’s perspective, you might have set him back weeks or months [by taking him off],” he said on talkSPORT.
Tuchel hooked Hudson-Odoi off in their 1-1 draw away at Southampton 30 minutes after bringing him on as a substitute
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“Now, you could argue that he’s not strong enough then. Fair enough. Sometimes you get a good response out of kicking someone up the backside.
“But what he did by bringing him off is shame enough, and furthermore you then verbally have a go at him as well. He’s gonna feel down about it.
“The bigger problem and the risk he’s taking as a manager is he’s trying to be a bit too much of a tyrant. He’s trying to stamp his authority a bit too much.
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